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Penn College Students in Demand at Career Fair

Plastics and polymer engineering technology student Olivia C. Ferki (second from left), of Richboro, Bucks County, discusses her potential future during a visit to the Lane Enterprises Inc. booth at Penn College’s Spring 2018 Career Fair, which attracted nearly 240 employers offering more than 2,700 jobs and internships.

According to a National Association of Colleges and Employers survey, employers anticipate hiring 4 percent more graduates from the Class of 2018 than last year. If the recent Career Fair at Pennsylvania College of Technology is an accurate gauge, that estimate is conservative.

Nearly 240 employers – including 15 Fortune 500 companies – filled two campus locations to capacity, offering more than 2,730 jobs and internships. Booth space sold out in two weeks, leaving 70-plus employers on a wait list.

“In my 18 years at Penn College, there has always been tremendous demand for our technically skilled students. Our 96 percent graduate placement rate clearly indicates that Penn College students possess the skills that employers want,” said Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development. “But that demand has never been higher. We don’t have enough students to meet the growing needs of employers.”

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Brandon M. Rehmann, a building construction technology from Potomac, Md., relishes the return on his charitable investment.

Reasner is joined (from left) by his THON support team: students Rylee A. Butler, of Bellefonte, engineering design technology; Stephanie C. Myers, of Catawissa, culinary arts and systems; Morgan L. Royer, of Centre Hall, graphic design; Catherine M. Foust, of Williamsport, business administration-marketing concentration; and Magdalen C. Bennett, of Erie, culinary arts and systems.

For the kids ... from one dean to another! Reasner weathers a good-natured incursion by David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.

Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, magnanimously assumed the bull’s-eye position as Penn College Benefiting THON hosted a “Pie the Dean in the Face” fundraiser Tuesday evening. For a buck a toss on the campus mall, with proceeds going to the Four Diamonds Fund to fight pediatric cancer, customers could deliver a whipped-cream wallop to their sporting target.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Prospective Employers to Visit Campus

Five employers will visit campus during the coming week, hoping to recruit Penn College students and alumni for a number of positions.

The latest schedule of information sessions, as provided by Career Services:

  • R-V Industries, 11:30 a.m. Monday (Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center, Room A106) and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (MTC, Room A105)
  • Piedmont Airlines, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (Lumley Aviation Center, Room A210) and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (Bush Campus Center, Room 201)
  • Reading Truck Body, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday; MTC, Room A106
  • SFA Group USA Inc., 3:30 p.m. Tuesday; Hager Lifelong Education Center, Room B2044
  • Bobst North America Inc., 3:30 p.m. Thursday; College Avenue Labs, Room 104

Bobst will hold follow-up interviews Friday in CC, Room 202.

For more, including applicable majors and vacant positions, consult the flyer: Information Sessions

Culinary Student to Demo Mocktail in Live Broadcast

"PA live!"Penn College’s Erik L. Perry Jr., a culinary arts technology student from Waldorf, Maryland, is set to represent Penn College on WBRE’s “PA Live” show on Monday. Perry will join Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, on the set as he demonstrates his “Fire and Ice” mocktail. Perry developed the drink recipe in the Hospitality Beverage Management and Controls class, taught by Chef Paul Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and Neal Palmer, maître d’ hotel II for the School of Business & Hospitality’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. “PA Live” airs from 4 to 5 p.m. daily on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-based NBC affiliate.

Well-Attended Documentary Sheds Local Light on National Crisis

An image from "Thank You for Your Service"

Wednesday night’s local screening of the documentary, “Thank You for Your Service,” which emerged from collaborative efforts among Penn College, Lycoming College and the Community Arts Center, was a success. “The powerful documentary and pre- and post-events created more awareness of the common and complex mental health struggles that many of our veterans face when reassimilating to the general milieu following active duty,” said Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications. About 240 community members and students attended the event, which a number of faculty and staff helped to organize and promote. (Among them were David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science; Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist; Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services; Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities; and Tina M. Miller, director of public relations and marketing.)

Practical Nursing Information Sessions to Be Held

Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal-care facilities and human-service organizations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, based in the Wellsboro Area School District, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the former music room of the district’s administration building.

Julie Mansfield, coordinator of the program, will discuss admission requirements; application, tuition and financial aid processes; licensure; and job opportunities for graduates. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

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Penn College Honored for Billboard, TV Commercial

A Penn College billboard (above) and TV commercial captured Honorable Mention recognition in the 11th Annual CUPPIE Awards, sponsored by CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

Public Relations and Marketing at Pennsylvania College of Technology was honored recently for two of its marketing efforts.

The college received Honorable Mention in two categories in the 11th Annual CUPPIE Awards for Creative Excellence in Marketing and Communications in Education. The competition is sponsored by CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

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Trust No One … Except Anyone Who Says, ‘THAT Was Fun!’

The evening's movie motif included this decorative clapperboard.

Their families and friends know them by alternate names, but everyone at the dinner was provided with a celebrity alter ego upon arrival. From left, then, are "Nick Jonas," "Ronda Rousey," "Taylor Swift" and "Jay-Z."

The St. Patrick's Day menu included a featured appetizer: grilled asparagus, wrapped with tavern ham, with grilled radicchio and pepper slaw.

From patron to performer! "Taylor Swift," AKA Felicia R. Hartzler, a graphic design student from Dover, sportingly becomes part of the show.

Surrounded by impish improvisers, Christopher D. Hogan, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Halifax, reads the dearly departed's final address to his heirs.

A good time was had by all – and everyone was a suspect – at Saturday’s “St. Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner” presented through the Student Activities Office. The Thompson Professional Development Center was transformed into a Tinseltown-tinged crime scene, complete with green carpet and gourmet cuisine, where detectives and guests alike deciphered a night of secrets, celebrities and scandal.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Artist’s Talk Focuses on Cutting-Edge Collaborations

Rebecca Strzelec

An artist and professor who creates sculptural jewelry with 3-D printing technology will share her insights into cutting-edge collaborations at the next talk in the Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Art + Engineering = Creative Problem Solving” will be presented by 2016-17 Penn State Laureate Rebecca Strzelec, professor of visual arts and program coordinator of visual art studies at Penn State Altoona, on Tuesday, April 10. The 7 p.m. talk, to be held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on the Penn College campus, is free and open to the public.

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Masonry Students Reinforce Bridge to Happy Valley

Penn College students (at left) Wyatt R. Ford, of Oreland, and Hunter M. Landis, of Middletown, mentor visitors to their assigned work station.

Luse (visible at left background) shares his time-tested craft with tomorrow's designers and builders.

Furnished with trowels and masons' "mud," two Penn State students get to work on laying block.

Penn College student Joe J. Hetrick, of Painted Post, N.Y., staffs another of the stops on the interactive instructional tour.

Scores of Penn State students traveled to Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building on Monday, furthering an annual tradition that adds brick-and-mortar practicality to the architecture majors’ studio work at University Park. Representatives of the college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies, including building construction technology students in instructor Glenn R. Luse’s Masonry Principles class, guided their guests through a variety of tasks and techniques. “The most dynamic group ever! It was like 49 Tasmanian devils tearing up the masonry lab,” Luse said. “I loved the enthusiasm and desire to learn in a hands-on environment. Our masonry students really made this happen. Their interaction skills and abilities to teach made me Penn College Proud!”
Photos by James J. “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Accounting Faculty Share Income Tax Expertise at Thrive

Penn College accounting faculty members Michael D. Shipman (left) and Bob Nolan offer guidance on income tax return preparation at a Thrive International Programs event, held at City Alliance Church in Williamsport.

Pennsylvania College of Technology accounting faculty members recently presented a session on income tax returns – and the assistance available to file them – at Thrive International Programs in Williamsport.

Michael D. Shipman, instructor of business administration/accounting, and Bob Nolan, part-time instructor of accounting, provided an overview of the federal income tax system, who should file an income tax return and why. Shipman and Nolan are also the Penn College site administrators for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a free, IRS-sanctioned service to help the community file personal income tax returns.

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Signups Open for College’s Exciting, Eclectic Summer Camps

An Aviation Camp has been added to the already-captivating roster of fun, interactive and hands-on summer camps that reflect the distinctive career opportunities offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The signup deadline is May 11, for the 11 overnight camps and one day camp. In addition to gaining inspiration to chart their employment path, participants entering grades nine to 12 are eligible for up to $2,000 in tuition assistance should they enroll at Penn College.

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Coed Youth Basketball Camp Runs July 16-19

Girls and boys in grades three to eight are welcome to register for Penn College’s Coed Basketball Day Camp, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16-19 on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The objective of the camp, under the direction of Wildcat head women’s basketball coach Lauren Healy, is to teach and develop basketball skills, sportsmanship and knowledge in all phases of the game. Each camper will enjoy four days of instruction and competition; youngsters will be grouped according to age and skill level for team play. The cost is $135 per camper. For more information, consult the event flyer: Basketball Camp

Gaelic Goodies

Festively outfitted and wishing "life's many blessings" to all are (from left) Jessica L. Cavanaugh, of Lewistown, a health information management major and substitute dining services worker; and dining services workers Wanda A. Gardner and Janet L. McDermott.

Colored beads aid in the wearin' of the green.

A mouthwatering menu – including chicken in an Irish whiskey cream sauce – awaits diners.

Corned beef: a crucial, cultural ingredient in the holiday's celebration

Enjoying the evening's fare are Natali J. Fargus, an accounting major from Lock Haven, and Matthew A. Jones, of Sellersville, an engineering design technology student.

Irish eyes were smiling – Irish taste buds, too! – when CC Commons hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Buffet on Thursday evening. Dining Services prepared a fitting feast (including Guinness Stew, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, potato/leek soup and bread pudding), a pool tournament beckoned from nearby tables, and patrons could test their Emerald Isle knowledge with Quizzo.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Inaugural Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Generosity

Cameron T. Powers, recipient of the Robert and Patricia Shoff Rambo Scholarship, enjoys a moment with her donor, Patricia Rambo, a retired professor and 1994 Master Teacher honoree.

A celebration of generosity unfolded Sunday afternoon at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s inaugural Scholarship Luncheon. Held in the Field House, the event hosted scholarship donors, student recipients and their families.

Offering a welcome to the guests, Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, thanked donors for their belief and commitment to Penn College’s mission of serving students. In her opening remarks, President Davie Jane Gilmour said, “Your philanthropic commitment provides motivation needed for students to remain focused on their coursework, complete their educational journey and begin a new journey as tomorrow makers in their communities and chosen fields.”

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